Working creatives live habitual lives and work around daily rituals. I usually wake up around 8 a.m. and mosey over to my kitchen table. I catch up on blog posts, podcasts, and vlogs. I schedule out social media for the day, eat breakfast, and answer emails that came in over night.
The truth is, I work about 45 hours a week on my side hustle that is writing for money. One client alone takes up about 25 of those hours. Being a working creative is constant. The hustle never, ever ends.
Still, no matter how much I do, I always hear an inner critic. Earlier this week a fellow creative emailed me about feeling jealous of where I was, and I laughed out loud. I'm flattered and humbled by the email, of course, but it's hard not to laugh when you realize you spent all this time thinking you aren't doing enough when someone out there thinks you're the shit.
Today I'm over at Spitfiregirl Design talking about how to be a total boss in your internship or full-time gig. I include all my favorite little nuggets from my experiences, but if I had to sum it all up to one thing I would say this: take initiative. Being perfect or ready or well-branded can, and will, come later. Right now all you need is the lady balls to begin working on what you want, sharing you work, and building a creative community. It can be messy and imperfect and full of potential - that's okay.
I get all these emails from readers who want to quit their job, or start an Etsy shop, or finally pick up the craft and talent they've ignored for far too long. All you have to do is start: initiative and enthusiasm will carry you, sustain you, and elevate your work. Just begin.
If you want to read more, head over to Spitfiregirl Design.
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